The World Cup is returning to North America for the first time since 1195 after FIFA announced that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup.
The U.S.will host 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The U.S. is set to host all games from the quarterfinals onward.
Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.
In a surprise, the 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York will host the final and not the 90,000 capacity Rose Bowl, which hosted the final in 1994.
FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.
There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.